Director's Column

Director of MPAC and Main Street
Amy Rosenthal

McKinney Courier Gazette, September 18, 2016

Munich in the Middle of McKinney

McKinney is known as a community that produces fun, family-friendly events year-round, bringing thousands of residents and visitors to our city. Oktoberfest has become a McKinney signature event helping patrons feel like they are right in the middle of Munich during the three-day festival as they enjoy authentic German fare like bier, brats, strudel, pretzels and live music.

Amy Rosenthal


I’d like to personally invite you to join us for Oktoberfest beginning Friday, Sept. 23, presented by Pat Lobb’s Toyota of McKinney and the City of McKinney. Oktoberfest lasts all weekend long on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Streets will be closed off to make it easy for pedestrians to take in the sights and sounds during the event.

Historic Downtown McKinney is the perfect backdrop for this special event. More than 120 unique shops, restaurants, spas and art galleries in authentic historic buildings make our downtown area one of the most vibrant historic districts in the state. Events like this one expose thousands of visitors and residents to our exciting downtown and all that we have to offer.

Many German Biers to Try

The highlight of any Oktoberfest celebration is authentic German beer and food, and we are excited to offer authentic German bier such as Hofbrau Oktoberfest and McKinney’s own beers from Franconia and TUPPS breweries. We offer an excellent opportunity for all our 21-and-up patrons to try multiple German flavors and styles with a bier garden that covers 14 blocks.

Plenty of Activities for the Entire Family

Oktoberfest isn’t just for adults. There are plenty of activities for kids and families, like carnival rides, petting zoo, face painting, rock climbing wall and weenie dog races. Some activities do require a nominal fee. 

Authentic German Music and Dance

Authentic German music performances by bands such as Brave Combo, Alpine Village Band and The Royal Klobasneks will take place on two stages as part of opening day festivities on Friday. Each night, we invite everyone to stop, quake and shake for Texas’ largest chicken dance during “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance). 

Beat the Competition

Test your strength in the Hofbrau "Musskrugstemmen" stein holding competition for the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas, or flex your stomach during the TUPPS brat eating competition and see if you will be crowned the grand champion of brats. 

Skip the Line

Patrons can “skip the line” and purchase Oktoberfest concession tickets for food and beer prior to the festival. Concession tickets, Meet the Brewmaster and contest entry tickets can be purchased at the online at 

Free Admission and Plenty of Free Parking

Admission is free to the event, and parking is free in 12 public lots surrounding downtown. We also encourage visitors and residents to take advantage complimentary shuttle service offered during all three days of the event. Be sure to check out the city’s website for more information. Don’t miss Oktoberfest in McKinney!